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Front end manager Jason Desjardins writes a welcome message to customers on the blackboard at the front of the Market Basket store on Storrs Street in Concord yesterday. Desjardins said he stayed up until 12:30 a.m. the night before, watching the news about Market Basket. "(We're) in the mode of showing people how quickly we can get this company back together," he said yesterday.

(SUSAN DOUCET Monitor staff)

With Market Basket back in business, employees are all smiles

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Enxhi Shtino could have been at the beach yesterday. But she was at work, and smiling all the brighter because it had been almost a month since she last donned her blue smock and stood behind a cash register at Market Basket. “Being here is better than the beach,” she said. “Everyone is smiling, everyone is so happy. This is … 3

They have their market back

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Customers and employees were ecstatic to return to Market Basket stores yesterday, following the news late Wednesday night that Arthur T. Demoulas would be returning to the company. Shoppers congratulated employees at local Market Baskets - some even hugged employees - and brought balloons to tie out front of the Fort Eddy Road … 0

Is it worth it to chop your own burgers? You bet!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I’m not going to tell you how to dress your burger. I’m not going to tell you what sort of bun to put your burger on. I’m not really even going to tell you very much about how to cook your burger. But I am going to tell you how to make the … 0

Gin shakes things up with aged, new products

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For a French cognac expert, Alexandre Gabriel has some interesting things to say about gin. Cognac, explained Gabriel, proprietor of Cognac Ferrand in Ars, France, is like classical music, replete with pages of regulations. “It’s written and that’s … 0

Gluten-free Living: Why not ice cream sandwiches?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Few things end a summer meal as nicely as an ice cream sandwich, but gluten-free varieties are hard to find. Thankfully, it’s both fun and easy to make this classic warm-weather treat from scratch. The process is simple: … 0

A shaved salsa that needs no tomatoes, no chopping

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We generally assume two things about salsa that we shouldn’t. First, that it must involve tomatoes. Second, that the ingredients should be chopped. Because while chopped tomato salsas are delicious, you don’t want those to be your only … 0

Homeplate: Bean hole beans – if you enjoy a challenge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I had to drive to the Seacoast along Route 4 recently, and all the way over I kept seeing signs advertising a bean hole bean fundraiser. Bean hole beans? It had to have something to do with baked … 1

Plant waters grow into hot beverage market trend

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coconut water, maple water, even birch and cactus waters. A quick inventory of beverages in the produce section makes it clear – plant waters are rising. Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based … 0

Market Basket boycott ripples into neighboring stores, causing layoffs at Warner Aubuchon

Monday, August 11, 2014

After 40 years of working in retail, Steve Monette knows tough business conditions. He’s worked at Aubuchon Hardware locations during road construction that left excavators parked in front of his store’s front door. But he’s never seen anything … 22

Lanctot’s Plaza attracts new Subway, day care

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Subway restaurant is opening in Weare’s Lanctot’s Plaza this month. Local businesspeople see the move as a signal that the town’s economy is growing and becoming more business friendly. “We are all totally excited,” said Samantha Walton, … 0

Summer takes a licking to keep on ticking

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer is waning, but this is no time to switch your focus to fall. Savor these last few weeks of warm weather, beach days and flip-flops. Don’t go gently into those cool nights and rushed school mornings; forge … 0

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. This new requirement is especially important for people … 0

What I craved was a more mindful snack

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Two years ago, I cut refined sugars, processed foods and gluten from my diet. My goal was to feel better. I’ve always been interested in the relationship between food and the body. Mostly, that led to eating more vegetables, buying meat from local farmers and putting grass-fed butter … 0